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welcomeo "news4 this week." >> hello, everyone. oomjim handly. we're bringing you some of the more interesting local stories making news this week. among them, what's that noise? hear what people are saying about metro's latest attempt to keep people from loitering around one of its busiest stations. cutting your energy bills takes more than just cutting off of the lights. see if you know the best ways to save money on your utilities if our latest quiz. and -- >> you can't get enough of it. >> finger-licking good. people are waiting for hours just to get a taste of what one food truck is serving up in d.c. we'll show you what's got so many people so hooked. but first, christmas' come early for people on one side of a heated debate over religious freedom. began last year when holiday displays outside of the loudon
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county courthouse were suddenly banned. now, county supervisors have decided whether to bring those displays back. jane watrel has our story. >> ms. waters. ms burke. >> reporter: a cause resolution by a heated debate. 8-1 vote loudon supervisors will continue policies. many localeaders are elated. >> this is a very important victory for free speech, for religious freedom, for people of strong faith about christmas and out their rligious beliefs. >> reporter: the controversy started in november, when a citizens committee banned unattended displaysue to overwhelming requests for the courthouse grounds. the lone dissenting vote on the board wanted that ban upheld. >> i think those are the appropriate type monuments on the courthouse. those people gave their lives to protect the rights that are enforced in that building. beyond that we don't need a
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cross, the flying spaghetti monster and i'm not making that one up either. we don't need any of that foolishness. >> reporter: around the courthouse today the reaction was mixed. >> a very difficult issues because it evokes so much of the passions, both sides. and we ve a lot of that today. >> i think that's a good thing to leave it as it is. i've always enjoyed it over the years and i think that many people have and i think it's a good thing to leave it as it is. >> reporter: for ten months emotions ran high over the courthouse display ban. some calling it the war against christmas. the county chairman hopes this vote will put that uproar to rest. >> well, you can't ever say never, that this motion won't come up but for now for this bord it's done. >> reporter: already six oups have sign upped for the religious and secular displays at the courthouse, including an atheist organization and a group promoting the movie "star ws." in leesburg, jane watrel, news4. now once the displays are in installed they'll be allowed to stay up for three weeks. well, consider this, the next time you're waiting for a
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metro train. what would you do if you saw someone who was having a medical emergency fall onto the tracks in would you jumin and help? one virginia man did just that. even with a train coming at him. and he told news4's john triven what happened next. >> i'm sitting there going, we've got a problem. >> reporter: he considers himself an ordinary guy, but on wednesday afternoon, he did an extraordinary thing. on his lunch break around 12on 15 he decided to head downtown d.c. and pick uamtrak tickets e for his family's vacation to new york. he waited on the platform for the next one, that's when he says, the unthinkable happened. >> i heard the guy -- the guy on the frpgt side of the platform screaming "get off the tracks, get off the tracks." >> reporter: a passenger suffered a medical emergencies and fe onto the tracks. as you heard the rumbles of an oncoming train he knew something had to be done, luily there was other passenger on this opposite side othe platform waving down the oncoming train
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to stop. he noticed the oncoming train waslowing down, that's he says, he made his move. >> you just don't think, you just do and i jumped onto the tracks and i jumped over the third rail i knew there are two-thirds ils and as he was standing there, he was leaning back, you know, thought is -- this guys going to hit the third rai >> reporter: so grabbed him, put his arms up o the platform an passengers helped pull the man out to safety. during the fraptic struggle he banged his knuckles on the platform. looking at his bruises, his family says he's one of a kind. >> i would had been too scared do it so pretty impressive. >> reporter: but he says he's no he. >> you know the guy needed help. you just go out and do it, you know? and you know, look, people in this world need help so you got to do what you have do. >> reporter: john trifen, news4. outside of one of metro's busiest station ys might encounter something unpleasant. it's a sound device that aims to
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keep the peace. much debate over whether the so-called mosquito will help prevent loitering and whethe it's fair to use, but it's safe to say that the device is annoying. collins tested it out himself. >> rorter: gallery place, it's sort of our little time square. a popular hang-out for young people. maybe sometimes too popular. >> they need to be home, reading a book, doing something constructive. >> hey, you? hey you? come over here. got some teenagers hanging outside your place making noise, dong all those teenage things. want to move them away without a hassle or confrontation? >> how are you doing? >> reporter: maybe it's time for the mosquito. yes, it's the mosquito. a little tiny box that broadcast
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a high-frequency sound. they say it keeps students moving, causes teens to flee. depending on who want to drive away you can bury the levels of the mosquito. higher the age, the higher the sound. see what happens at our newsroom. now back to the mosquito and china down. they've got one installed ght here in the gallery place metro. the management company says this one is set so everybody can hear it. do you hear anything? >> yeah. >> reporter: that's what sound like? >> a beeping noise. >> reporter: does it make you want to get out of this place? >> yeah. it's aggravating. aggravating. >> it's sort of piercing. it's really annoying. obnoxious. >> reporter: does it make you want to leave? >> it's -- ah, it doesn't ke me want to hang around here. >> reporter: but will the
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mosquito work? >> the young people are making so much noise, even though it's actually s in place to deter the young people, but the amount of noise that they're making overwhelms the sound. i hope it works because there are toomany teenager it's. >> too many teenagers here on a regular basis. >> reporter: overrun with teenagers. >> overrun with teenagers. >> you can barely make it to the escalator sometime. the kids are everywhere. >> now pat says, he suggests blasting wayne newton at the chinatown metro to deter teens from gathering here. well, there is much more a head on "news4 this week." do you know the best ways to save on your power bills? find out by taking liz crenshaw's energy quiz. and lindsay czarniak takes former wizards' star, caron butler, to one of her favorite lunch spots. her mom's house.
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driveners alexandria won't need to dig for change to fund the parking meter. are coming to oldown and
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they'll take credit cards. drivers will also pay more for parking. the city council's approved the 75 cent rate increase. it mea drivers will pay $1.75 per hour tpark. well, we know saving energy is good for the environment, but it's of course also good for your wallet. and you may not rlize that some thgs around your home are eating up more energy and money than you realize. liz crenshaw has a quiz from that may help cut down your power bill. ♪ >> reporter: if the television is on an average of seven hours a day, how much does it cost to run that tv every month? any idea, $12.50, how much a month. >> $17.50. >> reporter: th answer is $17.50 a month. here's the next question, what is the family's largest hot
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water expense? is it doing laundry? doing dishes? bathing? or watering the garden? what's your largest hot water expen? >> bathing. >> reporter: for most households bathing is the single largest use for hot water. now your next question. you have a refrigerator at home, i presume. >> uh-huh. >> reporter: how about ts, each additional refrigerator or freezer that you own adds how much to your energy bill every year? $48 to $ 4, $ 4 to $180, $180 to $240 or $240 to $350? how much mo money does an additional freezer or fridge add to your house. >> i think $48 to $84. >> right. >> reporter: actually it's $ 4 to $184 every year. i second freezer or fridge in your gage it pays to plug it in it's empty. now to the next question. cooking is usually a small part of the home energy's bill and medium part of your energy bill.
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or largest part of your heating bill? cooking. >> i say medium. >> reporter: cooking is usuly one the smaller expenses. now onto the cost of doing laundry. approximately how much does it co to dry a load of laundry with an electric dryer? 20 to 30 cents? 30 to 50 cents, 50 or 75 or 75 to a dollar. >> 75 to a dollar? >> reporter: hope only 20 to 30 cents to dry a load of laundry in an electric drier. and cheap fer you use a gas drier. >> no way. >> reporter: yeah, way. how much does that same load cost usng hot, hot cycle, 15 cents, 27 cents, 39 cents or 52 cents? >> 15 cents. >> reporter: not even close. it's 52 cents. one load of laundry on the hot, hot cycle. >> it's good to know. >> reporter: yeah what do you use? >> warm.
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>> reporter: warm. >> one color. >> reporter: okay, got you. >> now we know. coming up the low-down on the d.c. lunch truck that has hundred of folks lining up. and lindsay czarniak fis out why caron butler still considers d.c. his home over
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in d.c., there's a new lunchtime trend that's aimed at lobster lovers. ou don't need a lot of cash or even reservations. but as aaron gilchrist found you do need internet access. >> 77. >> reporter: move overmaryland crab, the streets of washington are being overrun with lobster love. >> yum. >> reporter: hundreds of peopl are lining up for a taste of ine on wheels. >> it's like an adventure you never know where they'll be. >> reporter: the lobster truck first rolled into the district this past summer, stomachs
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haven't stopped growling since. >> the description of the succulent lobster and the shrimp rolls' so enticing. >> it's kind of novelty to be able to get lobster downtown for lunch. >> it's like lobster crack. >> you can't getnough of it. >> reporter: like so many others here, skip west track, the truck's whereabouts on twitter and faceok, being hailed as a slice of heaven can be as long as two hours. >> growling, i'm about to pass out, need some water but i st keep thinking i'm almost there. i'm ready for it. >> we've got connecticut rolls, shrimp rolls. >> is one of the brains behind this traveling truck. her husband's family started it in new york about two years ago. its success had her asking why should washingtonians miss out? >> finger-looking good. >> huge chochs lobster meat that we very delicately mix with our homemade mayo.
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our connecticut roll. >> reporter: all of that buttery goodness doesn't come for free, though. lobster rolls run $15 a piece, shrimp rolls 8 bucks. but whe you're contemplating whether the price is worth it, you'll get schooled on what you're craving. >> whatre we doing in line teaching you about lobster. some music at the front truck and i'm just giving out hugs to people which they seemo love. just trying to spread some positive energy here in the d.c. area. >> reporter: and all of that work seems to be payingach my have no idea why it's like a flash mob of people. i guess because there really is no other option for lobster like this in d.c. that i know of. i mean, it's sort of alluring, like it's a food cart. it's a food truck, it's a cool thing. >> need one connecticut on the fly, correct. >> i do. >> reporter: erin gilchrist, news. >> you are it looks good, red hook lobster goes to various distris. well as delicious as the
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lobster roll might be, we can all agree there is nothing like a homecooked meal. that was lindsay czarniak's thinking when she decided to catch up with former wizards' star, caron butler, over lunch. she took him to her mother's house to eat and to find out why he still considrs washington his home even after being traded to dallas. >> hello! >> hi. >> how are you? >> good. >> good. great to see you. >> thank you. >> that's caron. >> and your brother. >> nice to meet you. >> so what are you making today? >> we're having fresh tomato basil soup. i hope that you like that. >> uh-huh. >> and we're having chicken sandwiches, grilled chicken sandwiches in teriyaki sauce. >> uh-huh. >> and then i me some keylime pie for dessert. >> do you like that? >> i'm in. >> training in dallas in february and for you i would
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imagine it was a good situation, obviously. you go to a playoff contender. it was kind of a fresh page for you, did you fol like, in your career? and what was it like when you actually got tre? >> it was fun. getting the warm welcome and you know,going over with guys that i've played with. >> right. brendan and desean. >> desean. and you know at the same time you know i understand that, that was business. >> yeah. >> but just leaving the city that i was so you know accustomed to. >> and because you had moved so much your career, this had been the place that you had been for five years. >> yes. this is what i call home. >> yeah. >> and this is the place that i consider truly home. >> the nba put a ban on your -- >> yeah that was -- ah, that was. >> what happened. because the last time that we had lunch together you demonstrated. this is a big part of who you were on the cou. >> that hurt me right there. going to dallas, i first -- when we did the trade, the first 9 out of 11 games was on television.
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and the crowd, the fan, i mention, everybody was just chewing strs. and i think it brought so much attention because the straw thing that you know, the commissioner wasn't having it. i don't want kids out here ching straws, they choke on the court and something and i was just like i totally understand. he said you can chute straw just while you're not playing. i said that's cool. >> when you look back at the situation from last season and it started off, you know, you antn jamison, gilbert arenas, and then everything falls out. and you and antawn end up leaving. how -- when you look back on that, how shocking is that that that happened to you, and was that something that just kind of left your mind when she moved on, or do you think about it and think about what could had been? >> it was just shocking, you know? but you know, me and -- being a man before anything, like i was just more concerned about, you know, reaching outo gilbert,
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doing his trying time because you know that's -- you know that the brother. we saw that he was going through a lot. so you know, this -- just looking at what he was going through you know being traded and going to another team and still getting the opportunity to, you know, live your dream and you know do something that you love doing, that was like -- that made that whole thing that much eaer. >> guess who came to dinner? >> thank you for coming. a g treat for me. >> thank you. >> i hope y enjoyed your lunch. >> i did. >> come back anytime even if lunch is not here. >> you hear that right? >> thank you, buddy. >> the sandwich looked good. i want to see that key lime pie. next a breathtaking nature exhibit that also serves as a big wake-up call.
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there's a stunning exhibit at the national geographic society now. stunning for its photos ofare
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animals on the brink of extinction. and stunning from a message, it sends about what we're doing to our planet. here's wdy rieger. >> reporter: the mexican gray wolf of the southwestern united states, the beautiful ocelot once vibrant in northern america earn the saltcreek tiger beetle. photographer spent two years photographing the endangered and nearly extinct creatures of north america, and his work now hangs in the windows of the national geographic societ on 17th street dotown. some, like the dusky seaside sparrow are already gone. the last one died 1887. it's gssy ees stair out from a jar. it's florida habitat destroyed by mosquito control d the space program. under each species there's a copper panel. telling us how many are left. some of the numbers appear to be
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large. the carner blue butterfly has 40,000 left. but that's relative. >> sometimes if it's less than 50,000, it's in trouble. because it shows us that things are happening tour environment, to our climate, to our ecosystem that's seriously impacts the world. >> reporter: some numbers so low that they're on the verge of exinction. the living dead as some conservationists call them. and too often there is a zero or a questionmark. losing one species can have a detrimental effect on other species because they're all connected. >> that flower populati goes away, that butterfly's going to go away, ande need to be concerned about all of those connections. >> reporter: the signs explain, human development, habittal degregation, hunting, oil pipelines all contribute to the loss of this plant, this animal, this insect. the photographsook out from the national geographic so that you can see them as you pass by. lit at night, they become especially beautiful and
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wanting. speci can become extinct over time every million years or so. the conservationists worry that the extinction rate is now coming 1,000 times faste in the past century. this is the colombian basin pig me rabbit of washington state. this was the last one on earth. it has since died. add another zero to t list. >> a lot to tnk about there. that's all it for "news4 this week" this week. i'm jim handly. thanks for joining us and have a great weekend, everybody. jaguar platinum coverage is not jt a warranty.
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